PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • read an essay about a Texas pioneer.
  • identify the traits of trustworthiness in a historical person.
  • compare and contrast definitions of trustworthy.

student copies of Handout One: Two Trustworthy Texans


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Write these words on the board: loyalty, honesty, good reputation, and courage to do the right thing. Tell the students they are going to read about two individuals in Texas history who acted trustworthy through one or more of these traits.

  2. Give each student a copy of Handout One: Two Trustworthy Texans. Students choose to read one of the essays and answer the questions about that person.

  3. Have two students give a summary of the contribution of the famous Texans. Different students may share their answers to the questions. Compare and contrast the definitions/examples of trustworthiness in the two essays.

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to www.generationon.org.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe the "social contract" and the changing roles of civil society and government in meeting this "contract."
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define the phrase <i>community/social capital</i> and discuss how it relates to all communities.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
      2. Benchmark MS.5 Discuss examples of groups denied their rights in history.